Raga Master Android – Basic Usage

Here’s a quick tutorial to get you familiar with the basic usage of the Raga Master Android app. (Note: You can also check out the screen cast tutorial in YouTube that covers the same)

Changing Ragas

Just click on the Raga Name on the left-top corner (see the first image below) and you will see the list of ragas sliding out from the left (see the second image below). You can scroll up or down along the same raga list to select the raga you need, or swipe horizontally to select a different raga list.




Selecting a a progression

You can select between the arohana (ascending progression) or avarohana (descending progression) in two ways.

If you are using large screen device (like a tablet), you will see the arohana and avarohana notes displayed simultaneously above the instrument view (see first image below) and you can click on any button to select the notes/swaras/intervals to be displayed. In case the arohana and avarohana structures are the same, you will just see one set of buttons and a message indicating the same (see second image below)





If you are using a smaller screen device (like a phone), then you would see only a single progression displayed on the top of the instrument view. But, you will see a arohana/avarohana select option that appears just below the instrument view (see the first image below). Note: In case the raga is symmetric, the progression select buttons would not appear at all.


Changing the root note

Clicking the root select button (see the first image below) would display all the available note positions in the instrument (see the second and third image below). You can then click on any one of them to set it as the root. This would automatically create a new pattern starting at a root note that you have just selected.




Changing the playing patterns

The available playing patterns appear just below the instrument view and can be used to choose a playing pattern that you like. For guitar the options let you create patterns that let you play with a fixed wrist position or play while moving up or down the fretboard. You can also select the “all notes” options to display all matching raga notes over the entire fretboard. For piano, you get the options to display a single octave or all the notes that match the raga.


Hope this section helped you understand all the basic features of the app and how to use them. You can always drop a note, if you find something missing or have further questions. And if you haven’t gotten the app yet, just use the link below to get it from the Google play store.


Get it on Google Play

Note: Please join the Raga Master Android Google+ group for any feedback/questions about the app

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Raga app for android is out!

Raga Master, the android version of the raga app is now available. You can join our Google+ community to leave feedback and also ask any questions about the beta version from google – check out more details here. To start with, the beta version contains the basic functionality along with the popular raga lists. The first complete release would contain the remaining raga lists, playback of raga notes and the scale comparison tool. Hoping to add more features once I start getting feedback on the usage, will keep you posted on how things go with the app.

So don’t forget to check out and start using the beta version! It would be really helpful to get your feedback and thoughts on the android app.

Edit: The latest version now includes sound support, western scales tool and extra ragas (72 melakartas & 10 thaats)

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